Skip to comments.China Offers Tax Incentives to Persuade U.S Companies to stay
Posted on 12/28/2017 8:14:22 PM PST by Tamatoa
BEIJING China said on Thursday that it would temporarily exempt foreign companies from paying tax on their earnings, a bid to keep American businesses from taking their profits out of China following Washingtons overhaul of the United States tax code.
There is, however, a catch: To be eligible, foreign companies must invest those earnings in sectors encouraged by Chinas government including railways, mining, technology and agriculture according to a statement from the Finance Ministry. The measure is retroactive from Jan. 1 this year, the ministry said.
The move would promote the growth of foreign investment, improve the quality of foreign investment and encourage overseas investors to continuously expand their investment in China, the ministry said. It did not elaborate.
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Like they would ever get it back.
So unlike an across board tax cut, China proposes subsidizing certain industries - a clear trade violation.
It’s now officially an economic war.
The Media especially that promotes the Democrats talking points. Most never took a business course ever.
How bizarre. Saving money on taxes but being required to spend the savings as the government directs means the savings do not in fact exist and the company has no incentive to remain in China. I guess capitalism’s harnessing of the human drive to succeed is so foreign to the elite in a command economy, they can’t conceive of how anyone’s self-interest, other than their own, functions.
Now? It’s been an economic war for ages. We don’t have a president in office who fights for the other side, this time.
Sad that even the Chicoms are less communist than RATS
Any YS company that agrees to this scheme should be listed
Competition? Nice try.
Ah yes, anything the nytimes prints is the truth.
No one knows if there is any truth in a nytimes article. Why a nytimes article is given top billing on a site like FR is hard to understand.
I know we have 3 years so EVEN I won’t worry about it yet, but we NEED SEVEN more years of Trump.
The msm is still powerful.
We’re gonna be brawling again in 3 years.
But for now we enjoy.
yep, now pull the other one
“So unlike an across board tax cut, China proposes subsidizing certain industries - a clear trade violation.”
In the 1980’s the industry in which I was employed was targeted by the Chinese. Chinese government allied banks provided interest free 20 year loans for construction of new factories in China producing the products. In addition the Chinese government gave a 15% export incentive on all products from the factories exported. This was a pure subsidy which my company complained about to the deaf ears of the US government officials responsible for negotiating and overseeing the “free trade” deals the two Bush and Clinton administrations took great pride in implementing. In addition US “too big to fail” Wall Street banks worked closely with the US companies outsourcing production, and the Chinese companies building the new factories, to facilitate the transition. This included stock buybacks and often ill advised acquisitions to consume the capital freed up by outsourcing and sale of US assets, not to mention favorable stock analyst buy reports circulated in the business press and to financial advisors. The securities of companies actively disinvesting in US production were touted by the securities industry and their executives accumulated great personal wealth due to incentive packages tied to stock price appreciation.
The industry in which I worked employed 1.2 million Americans in 1980. Today employment is 116 thousand and still declining by approximately 3,000 per month as the remaining middle management product development and administrative jobs move overseas. So much for the free trade advocate assertion only low value jobs would move overseas.
The deindustrialization of the US has been the result of a 30 year plan in which specific industries were targeted by the Chinese government. Entire supply chains were gutted in order to ensure they could not easily be reconstructed. Once one industry was gutted, the process began on another industry. This was done with the active complicity of US politicians, bureaucrats, financial institutions, executives of targeted companies, and the press which was a propaganda organ for those benefiting from offshoring. Those assisting in the manufacturing exodus were rewarded handsomely and this economic transformation was a key factor in the erosion of the middle class and the concentration of wealth in the hands of 1% of the population. The price of the transformation was paid by American blue collar laborers, middle class managers, towns and cities dependent on manufacturing, and ultimately the US economy.
We were told the loss of industries was due to high US labor costs and restrictive union work rules. The truth is few jobs were lost due to labor costs alone. Millions of manufacturing jobs in the nonunion southern US were lost. Many of those workers were paid not much more than minimum wage and had few benefits. If labor costs were the only factor in the gutting of the US economy, the Chinese government would not have subsidized the building of factories in China or directly subsidized exports.
Government contributed greatly to raising the cost of US production by imposing onerous regulations on US factories which foreign countries do not impose. Add to that
The US has been fighting a trade war since the 1980’s. The nation and the US middle class lost the war because its politicians and business leaders were actively working for the other side.
China has been violating the terms of trade agreements by directly and indirectly subsidizing its industries for decades. Don’t expect the free trade advocates in government and industry to hold them to the agreements. There is still too much money for individuals to make by looking the other way.
temporarily exempt foreign companies from paying tax on their earnings,
Place your bets.............................
How is it savings if you must spend the money you “save” in China as the Chinese government directs, which is mainly on Chinese government projects?
Bump that! Excellent post.
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